Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : September 26th 2015 Contents A51
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WILLIS PLAZA scored
in the third minute to
help Central FC to a
creditable 1-1 draw
against LA Galaxy in
League, on Wednesday
"I have enough
know-how to suggest
changes. I made my
career on and off the
field. It's the right time
for this entity to
football great ZICO on
becoming the next
president of FIFA.
BERLIN---Wladimir Klitschko pulled out
of his heavyweight title defense against
Tyson Fury yesterday because of a torn
tendon in his left calf.
The Ukrainian was scheduled to defend
his IBF, IBO, WBO and WBA belts against
the British fighter in Duesseldorf on
He sustained the injury in training on
Thursday and traveled to Munich to be
treated by Dr Hans-Wilhelm Mueller-
"After a thorough examination we
diagnosed a musculo-tendinous injury in
the left calf area.
We started therapy and strongly
recommended that Mr Klitschko takes a
break from sport," Mueller-Wohlfahrt said.
"We're confident that Mr Klitschko can still
take part in the planned world title fight
The 39-year-old Klitschko, who hasn't
been beaten for more than a decade,
expressed regret the fight had to be
The withdrawal came just two days after
Klitschko appeared at a news conference
with Fury in London to promote the fight.
Fury dressed up as Batman and wrestled
a man wearing a Joker costume to the
ground, knocking Klitschko's belts to the
ground in a staged performance. (AP)
Klitschko pulls out of Fury bout with calf injury
RUGBY WORLD CUP
GLOUCESTER---Argentina blew Georgia
away in the second half in an emphatic
54-9 Rugby World Cup win to stay on
course for second spot in Pool C yes-
Left winger Juan Imhoff and right
winger Santiago Cordero scored two clin-
ical tries each as Argentina scored seven
--- six after the interval.
But it was No 8 Mamuka Gorgodze s
careless sin-bin early in the second half
that tipped the scales.
When he was punished for slowing
down the ball at the ruck, it was 14-9.
When he came back on, it was 35-9,
as quick-fire scores from scrumhalf Tomas
Cubelli, Imhoff, and Cordero prompted
some wild flag-waving from their fans.
"One player down, and the captain at
that, all he represents for the team,"
Argentina captain Daniel Hourcade said
through a translator. "This was very hard
for Georgia and we took advantage of
that. But when he came back we had the
confidence to impose our game."
The other Pumas tries came from
replacement flyhalf Martin Landajo, and
lock Tomas Lavanini, who got his early
in a close-fought first half.
After his side upset Tonga 17-10, Geor-
gia coach Milton Haig stepped up the
mind games, saying "all the pressure s
on Argentina" after the Pumas lost their
opener 26-16 to New Zealand.
He should have known better, seeing
as Japan s Eddie Jones said the same
before facing Scotland, and his side was
blown away 45-10 --- with all five Scottish
tries coming after the break.
"We were in the game in the first half
and they scored three tries and that was
probably the game right there and then.
But I m pretty proud of how we played,"
Haig said. "We came up against a side
that was pretty desperate to win, and
they re a quality side as everybody knows.
One week you celebrate, the next you
come down to earth pretty quickly."
The floodgates well and truly opened
here, as Argentina carved holes into Geor-
gia s retreating defense at will after the
"It was a very hard game with Tonga,
and we put everything in that game,"
Gorgodze said through a translator. "We
are not on that level to play two very
Cubelli wriggled free from a quick
scrum, Imhoff showed his pace with a
searing run down the left, and Cordero
showed how to side-step with a clinical
finish under the crossbar.
Fylhalf Nicolas Sanchez converted all
of those and, when he went off, center
Marcelo Bosch converted those from Lan-
dajo and Cordero.
Cordero s second try was even better,
as he turbo-charged in from 40 meters
out on the right. Not to be outshone,
Imhoff capped the scoring, spotting a
big gap to coast in from 10 meters out.
Bosch missed the extras. Little matter,
as the Pumas secured a third straight
success against Georgia at World Cups
--- after winning 35-7 in Palmerston
North, New Zealand, in 2011, and 33-3
in Lyon, France, in 2007.
The players are unlikely to get carried
"We ve got our feet on the ground,"
Hourcade said. "We ve had experiences
like this when we ve done good things
and then relaxed too much."
Argentina s fans had a clear numerical
advantage at Kingsholm Stadium --- where
Georgia upset Tonga last weekend --- and
filled it out with their light blue-and-
"It was like playing in an Argentinean
stadium, it was beautiful," captain and
hooker Agustin Creevy. "They helped us,
really pushing us forward."
By the end, the pockets of Georgians,
so vocal early on, were hoping for the
In the first half, the Argentines threat-
ened throughout but undermined them-
selves by dropping passes and making it
Fullback Merab Kvirikashvili kept Geor-
gia in touch with penalties, and they fin-
ished the half strongly to make Argentina
relieved for the break and pause for
thought. Could it be another upset? No.
Gorgodze knew it, too, sitting slumped
in the sin-bin. Georgia s inspiration and
best player was helpless as he watched
Argentina cut his teammates to ribbons,
and ruin his side s sturdy start.
It is not going to get any easier for
Georgia, either, with the All Blacks up
Argentina scores 7 tries
and thumps Georgia 54-9
3Argentina's Santiago Cordero is tackled by the Argentina defence during the
Rugby World Cup Pool C match between Argentina and Georgia at Kingsholm,
Gloucester, England, yesterday. Argentina won 54-9. AP PHOTO
Beware South Africa s backlash.
That s been the message running
through Manu Samoa s Rugby World
Cup camp since they finished off the
United States last Sunday, a day after
the South Africans were toppled by
This match at Villa Park today has
long been pencilled in as one of the
highlights of the pool stage, but the
anticipation was elevated by Japan s
shocking victory, leaving the No 6-
ranked Springboks desperate and unable
to afford a second defeat in Pool B.
"We are playing an injured Springbok,
and an injured Springbok is very dan-
gerous," Samoa assistant coach Alama
Ieremia said yesterday. "We are under
no illusions that it s going to be very
Japan coach Eddie Jones was almost
salivating about the match, saying he
would pay to watch what he thinks will
be a "bash up" between sides brimming
with power and physicality. Ieremia
tends to agree.
"Physically, it s going to be one of
the best matches of the round," he said.
"The word, excitement, is very appro-
priate for us, because when we get excit-
ed for a challenge like this, it s great.
But we are under no illusions; we have
to be very smart."
Whilst Japan s win thrilled the rugby
world --- aside from the Springboks and
their fans --- to Manu Samoa, it was no
favor to them. The Springboks were
embarrassed, and have received scathing
criticism from back home, even at polit-
ical level. The two-time World Cup
winners have promised to right the
"I know they will come in really hard,"
Samoa captain Ofisa Treviranus said.
"We know they are really angry because
of that (Japan) game. We are ready for
that. We are ready to dominate them
physically as well."
They will need to, because the South
Africans pride is hurting, and they want
to avoid another earful from Sports
Minister Fikile Mbalula, who told the
players they will be "nothing else but
a bunch of losers" if they fall to another
stunning result at Villa Park. (AP)
Samoa wary of backlash from Springboks
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